Lockport Man Charged With Multiple Hate Crimes

Fight stemmed from minor traffic accident

Jeffrey Calhoun leaves court after pleading not guilty to hate crimes. September 3, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A Lockport man was charged with multiple hate crimes after he allegedly pulled a gun on a woman after a car accident in July. 

Jeffrey Calhoun was charged with unlawful imprisonment and second degree menacing, both of which were deemed hate crimes. He was also charged with criminal impersonation and third degree menacing. 

Calhoun, who is white, was shown in a viral video on July 16 pulling a gun on Jeanneie Muhammad, who is black. He also allegedly hit her, threw her to the ground, and tugged at her purse. The encounter came in the aftermath of a minor car accident on Sanders Road and Colvin Avenue. 

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Muhammad claimed that he called her by a racial slur during the encounter. 

“He called me a n*****,” she said in July. “He said you probably don’t have insurance anyway.”

Calhoun was initially charged with attempted robbery, a charge that could have resulted in as much as 15 years behind prison. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said that he removed that charge because it was unlikely to be proven in court because of Calhoun's plan to give it back. However, he said he added the hate crimes based on further investigation from Buffalo Police.

Calhoun plead not guilty to the charges. He faces anywhere from four to seven years in prison. He is currently out on bail and will return to court on October 2. He and his attorney declined comment after his arraignment. 

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